Bijarani killed wife, then committed suicide, says Sindh police

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Police in Pakistan’s southeastern province of Sindh have said they believe a Sindh minister, who was found of heavy drinking, first shot his wife dead and then committed suicide in Karachi Thursday.

Bullet riddled bodies of Sindh Minister for Planning and Development Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife Fariha Razzak Haroon were found in his house in Karachi on Thursday,Pakistani newspaper reported.

Bijarani, an ethnic baloch from Jacobabad, had studied with an elder brother and cousin of this scribe in college and was a regular drinking buddy of his next door neighbor, the late Anwar Mahpara, who was also an alcoholic. Mahpara was found dead in the bathroom of his house many years ago.

Sindh intellectual Javed Qazi recalls that Bijarani was very social. “He was in obsession with his second wife as well. As I heard, he used to spend his most of the time with her.”
Qazi said there was tension between the couple lately and adds the wife was closer to the PPP leadership than he was. “He had strength to win his seat without the support of PPP. For him PPP was not compulsion,” he believes.

But Qazi said it was a possible Bijarani was a patient of depression. “He was a respectable, ego centered man.” Qazi says the present leadership of PPP value sycophancy “those who were without spine”and he was not on the best of terms with them .

Despite the police findings, he committed suicide speculations were rife he was killed over political reasons. “I think he was killed,” said Moscow-based Dr Jumma Marri who is also a member of the Bijarani sub-tribe.

Many were pointing finger at former president Asif Ali Zardari, without evidence. Zardari was also suspected of playing a role in the murder of his brother in law Mir Murtaza Bhutto, while his wife Benazir Bhutto was the prime minister. Zardari has the reputation of being a rogue who encouraged Lyari drug mafia’s now arrested ring leader Uzair Baloch against the ethnic MQM party in Karachi.

Bijaranis are a part of the Marri tribe, whose stronghold is Kohlu in Balochistan, a section of the Bijaranis left for Kashmore in Jacobabad district. Dr Marri says that the late Bijarani had tried to persuade his father, former guerrilla leader Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani to become the overall chief or sardar of the Bijaranis way back in 2004 but his dad refused.

The Marris were the backbone of the 1973-77 insurgency. After the insurgency, 40,000 left for Afghanistan with the late Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri in the lead. The late Nawab Marri became enormously rich during his stay in Afghanistan as he is said to have received bag loads of monies from Afghanistan, India and Russia. Nawab Marri had also visited Havana and met with Fidel Castro there.

An avid fan of cock fighting, the late Nawab Marri’s four sons are now fighting like fighter cocks with one another.

See here the Press statement of Sindh police about Bijarani’s death:

“Bijarani’s X-rays had confirmed one bullet wound whereas his wife suffered three bullet wounds, one each on head, abdomen and pelvic area,”Dr Seemin Jamali, the Executive Director of the Jinnah Hospital, was cited by the The Express Tribune as saying.

On 1st February 2018 at around 1430 hoursDarakhshan police received the information that dead bodies of Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister Development and Planning Government of Sindh, and his wife Fariha Razzaq Haroon were lying in the room at first floor of house No. 36, Khayabae-Janbaz, Phase-5, DHA, Karachi. On receipt of the information Station House Officer PS Darakhsan and DSP/SDPO Darakhshan immediately rushed to the spot. Dead body of Mrs. Fariha Razzaq Haroon was lying on the floor near the entrance of the study/sitting room located adjacent to their bed room whereas the dead body of Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani was found in the same room on the couch.
2. Examination of the crime scene and dead bodies indicated that the death was caused by firearms. Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani received one gunshot in the head, entry from the right and exit from the left. Whereas, Mrs. Fariha Razzaq Haroon received three bullets; one on head – entry from left and exit from right ear – and two on abdomen. The crime scene was secured and properly photographed. Forensic, finger print and investigation teams were called. DVR of CCTV cameras installed at the house have been seized for further examination. The investigation and forensic teams collected relevant evidence
including, blood samples, bullet empties, finger prints etc. for forensic/chemical examination.
Four empties, three missed bullets, 2 live bullets and a 30 bore pistol were also recovered from the crime scene. Dead bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital for post mortem examination.

3. Proceedings u/s 174 of CrPC have been initiated. Six persons; including two police
guards and four domestic servants were being interviewed and questioned in order to collect relevant evidence. They revealed in their initial statements that altercation was going on between husband and wife for last few days on some issue. The house was locked from inside and it was forcibly opened by son and servants of deceased Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani.
4. On the basis of available crime scene/circumstantial evidence and initial post mortem report it appears that Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani killed his wife and then committed suicide with the same weapon. According to initial forensic/ballistic report of FSL, all the empties collected from the crime scene has been fired from the same weapon.

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